Tim Duncan Retires After 19 Seasons With The Spurs
July 11 / SportsGrid Staff / SportsGrid
19 seasons, one franchise, five time NBA Champion, three time NBA Finals MVP, and the all-time leading scorer in Spurs history. The list goes on, as does his legacy. This morning, Tim Duncan officially retired from the NBA. The 40 year old 15 time All-Star concludes his unparalleled career with the same team that drafted him back in 1997. With his retirement, Duncan joins the likes of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, who also spent their entire careers with the teams that drafted them.
Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Duncan and Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001). Duncan also won a Bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic games, held in Athens, Greece.
Aside from his illustrious resume, that also features Rookie of the Year (1998), two time NBA MVP (2002-03), and having his number 21 retired from his alma-mater (Wake Forest), Tim Duncan is an inspiration both on and off the court. Back in 2001, he founded the Tim Duncan Foundation, which funds non-profits for the education and recreation of our youth. Since then, the organization has raised over $650,000 in areas like South Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and North Carolina.
The near two decade career of one of the greatest power forwards of our time is complete. A player who defines the notion of hard work and dedication, Tim Duncan will retire today as in our opinion, the unquestioned best power forward ever.
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